651 Fulton Street
(between Rockwell Pl. and Ashland St.)
Ronald K. Brown/EVIDENCE: 25 Years
About the Program
651 ARTS celebrates 25 years of outstanding contributions to choreography and dance by Ronald K. Brown, in an evening showcasing his seminal works, rarely seen in their entirety. With special performances by Brown’s company, EVIDENCE, and Dayton Contemporary Dance Company and musical accompaniment by Mamadouba Mohamed Camara and the Dirty Dozen Brass Band.
Brown’s company EVIDENCE performs Destiny (1998), a work Brown created in collaboration with Jeune Ballet d’Afrique Noire that explores and synthesizes contemporary American and traditional West African dance. The piece reflects what has come to be known as the EVIDENCE aesthetic—showcasing Brown’s distinctive juxtapositions of contemporary and traditional movement, music and storytelling from West Africa to America. Excerpts of Destiny have been a favorite in the company’s repertoire for the past twelve years; however, a full performance of Destiny has not been seen since 1998.
EVIDENCE will also perform Two-Year Old Gentlemen (2008), a short work created for the male dancers in the company, emphasizing the importance of community and strong male relationships across generations. Both pieces are set to music composed and performed by West African percussionist, Mamadouba Mohamed Camara.
Children of the Passage (1999) will be performed by the nationally acclaimed Dayton Contemporary Dance Company (DCDC) with live musical accompaniment by New Orleans’s iconic Dirty Dozen Brass Band—who also composed the original music. This work, which Brown created in collaboration with American Master Donald McKayle, honors the unique culture of New Orleans, has rarely been presented as it was meant to be seen: with the full band on stage!
651 ARTS is happy to celebrate the closure of Ron’s 25th anniversary year after having worked with him throughout our organizational history on multiple educational residencies, international exchanges with Africa and commissions. This is 651’s fourth presentation of Brown’s masterful work.